While we certainly have some challenging hills in the Harbour City, commuting by bike is worth considering. Both, the Parkway Trail and the E&N Trail, connect various points of the community and being able to rack your bike on RDN buses makes navigating Nanaimo easier than you think. Check out our Cycling Map (PDF) and Transit Map (PDF) to help you find your way around town or pick-up a printed copy at the following locations:
GoByBike (Bike to Work Week)
Since 1997 Nanaimo has celebrated commuting by bicycle during the Bike To Work Week Celebration. every year during the last week of May, cyclists (new and veterans) in Nanaimo participate in this event organized by the City of Nanaimo and a number of community partners and sponsors. In addition, our city celebrates Bike+Walk to School Week in conjunction with this event. In 2018 the province changed the event name to be GoByBike in order to include all trips done by bicycle.
In 2020, GoByBike run from May 25 – 31. Mark your calendars, raise awareness and get prepared to bike to work or other places!
To find out more information on either of these events, check out the BTWW website.
Learn to Ride a Bike
Nanaimo is a great place to discover by bicycle! A number of the city playgrounds feature paved training routes for little ones who are new to two wheels (Altrusa and Forest Drive, for example).
Cycling Within Our City
If you are already familiar with cycling, there are a number of community groups you can get involved with. Below is a list of cycling groups which operate within the City. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced cyclist, there are a wide variety of resources for everyone at every skill level.
Other cycling resources can be found below:
Protect Your Bike from Theft
Project 529 is a website and app where you can register your bike. In the case that your bike is stolen, the registered information will help authorities find and return your bike to you. Don't delay - register today! Watch this video to learn more.